Voices from the Archive

At 14, She Searched for Refuge Along Bloodied Roads

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 11:37am

Theogene Kayitakire, a sergeant in the Rwandan Patriotic Army, helped capture the strategic high ground of the Mount Rebero neighborhood in Kigali in April 1994, just days after the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda had begun.

With the location secure and reinforcements arriving, Theogene had a request for his command: Could he go to save his relatives nearby? When given permission, he disguised himself in a government army uniform and, with a few other soldiers, went to find his uncle. But his uncle refused to flee to safety without his neighbors.

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Oral History – Srebrenica

Our Story – Future Perspectives

Free Online Event 
July 07, 2021 @ 11:00 am | Free Online Event
Join an online webinar that will focus on the new partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and the Srebrenica Memorial Center involving the collecting and indexing of testimony from survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide.
Start: July 07, 2021 / 11:00 AM
Cost: Free Online Event
price: Free Online Event
Paul Rukesha, Survivor and Activist

Paul Rukesha, who was 16 yeas old during the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, describes the day he was saved by soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Army.

Community Connections

LGBTQ Filmmaker Puts His Faith in ‘Gifting The Story’

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 9:26am

Actor, director, filmmaker and advocate Yuval David has a weapon of choice he employs to attract audiences and disarm would-be haters: a positive embrace of his story and a persistent belief in humanity.

Yuval David's Family Photos

Dr. Ruth Shares Message of Strength, Inclusion with New York City Second Graders

Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:14am

A group of 30 second-grade children in New York City took part in a Tour for Tolerance event earlier this month that featured a virtual read-along given by famed broadcaster and Holocaust survivor Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Delivered virtually to students at the Glenn Morris School (PS100) in Queens, New York, the program was a pilot initiative of Tour for Tolerance and USC Shoah Foundation.


Remembering Fritzie Fritzshall

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 4:03pm

USC Shoah Foundation mourns the passing of Fritzie Fritzshall, president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, whose story of survival and will to share it has inspired thousands of people. She was 91.

Always hopeful and optimistic, Fritzie’s understanding of where hate and intolerance can lead if left unchecked has driven her her whole life to educate and empower everyone she meets. She will be dearly missed.

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Family Storytime from the Holocaust Museum LA with Mona Golabek

A Special Launch of Hold on to Your Music

Free Online Event 
June 24, 2021 @ 4:00 pm | Free Online Event
A magical family event that brings the Holocaust survivor Lisa Jura's story to life for a new generation of young readers. Join Lisa’s daughter, acclaimed concert pianist and author Mona Golabek, for a special storytelling film based on her new children’s book, Hold on to Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane.
Start: June 24, 2021 / 4:00 PM
Cost: Free Online Event
price: Free Online Event

60 Minutes segment featuring Dimensions in Testimony wins award

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 12:21pm

The Institute congratulates Lesley Stahl and her 60 Minutes team for winning a 2021 Gracie Award for their segment “Talking to the Past,” which focused on Dimensions in Testimony and featured live as well as virtual interviews with Holocaust survivors, including Pinchas Gutter, Eva Kor, Aaron Elster and Max Eisen.